European News in Brief (October 29, 2007)
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European News in Brief (October 29, 2007)

New people at BAA, A&B One in Germany, Publicis Groupe in France, Firefly in Scotland, Grayling in Brussels; new business at Euro RSCG Biss Lancaster and Manning Selvage & Lee in London.

Paul Holmes

LONDON—Airport operator BAA has named Tom Kelly group director of corporate and public affairs. He joins BAA from government, having worked most recently as the Prime Minister’s official spokesman.  Prior to his move to Downing Street, Kelly—a former BBC journalist—was communications director at the Northern Ireland Office, where he worked closely with Tony Blair on the peace process. In his new role, he will be responsible for all aspects of BAA’s communication activity.

FRANKFURT—Susanne Arndt, previously deputy managing director of A&B One Kommunikationsagentur, has been appointed managing director and will also assume responsibility for managing A&B One’s corporate communications practice. She has been working for the A&B Group since 1998 and earlier managed the agency’s office in Hanover and played a key role in developing the change and internal communication practice.

LONDON—Manning Selvage & Lee has been selected as public relations partner by mobile virtual network operator Lebara Corporation, the fourth fastest growing company in the U.K. according to the 2006 Sunday Times list of Britain’s fastest growing private companies. MS&L London will lead the account. The firm’s first task will be to support Lebara Mobile’s launch in the U.K. by delivering consumer, business, trade and ethnic media relations outreach, press office support and ongoing consultancy to the company.

EDINBURGH—Firefly Communications has hired Martin Cryans to head its Scotland office and drive the expansion of its business north of the border. He joins Firefly after eight years with Beattie Communications, where he was headed the technology practice and most recently managing director of the firm’s Glasgow office. He will lead Firefly’s team of five in Scotland, reporting to Firefly managing director Mark Mellor. Prior to Beattie, Martin spent six years at Grayling.

BRUSSELS—Sylvie Biebricher, a German native who speaks English and French, has joined Grayling in Brussels. She will focus on developing the Huntsworth-owned agency’s corporate affairs, public relations and event management offer in Brussels. She joins Grayling from Hill & Knowlton, where she spent nine years.

LONDON—Euro RSCG Biss Lancaster has been appointed as national public relations agency for Working Links, a public-private-voluntary partnership that helps disadvantaged communities throughout Britain. Euro RSCG Biss Lancaster won a five-way pitch for the account, worth £300,000 over the next three years. The brief involves raising the corporate profile of Working Links, reaching potential employers, and targeting the long-term unemployed with a creative consumer campaign. The account will be serviced by Biss Lancaster’s London, Manchester and Edinburgh offices.

PARIS—Peggy Nahmany has joined Publicis Groupe as director of external communications, overseeing the Groupe’s relations with the media both in France and internationally. She will report to John Rossant, vice president of communications and public affairs of Publicis Groupe. Nahmany was most recently director of external relations of French retail and luxury goods giant PPR. Prior to PPR, she spent 14 years at Havas.

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